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Old 08-30-2012, 08:28 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle for 233s

Any suggestions for tow vehicles for a Shamrock 233s.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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Since that puppy has a pretty hefty (unloaded) hitch weight of 647 lbs., at least a 1/2 ton pickup with a 7500 lb. or higher tow rating. A full sized SUV might work OK if you can keep the passenger load and cargo weights down. At the least a 120" wheelbase, but I think most of the full-sized SUVs and the trucks should be over that.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:12 PM   #3
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I tow a Roo233s with a 2010 F150 with the 5.4 and Max tow package. It tows well and I have never had a problem with hills, I could go faster but choose not to when there is a passing lane. The hitch weight is pretty high so watch out for that when loading the TV.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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Welcome.

We're a family of five with a golden. Our Sequoia is fully loaded and getting close to the maximum for the 233S and we will be overweight our tow capacity in the next two years as our three kids get older. The towing capacity of the Sequoia is more than enough to pull the 233S and is a great towing SUV but keep in mind the other ratings.

I assume by your choice of trailer that you have a few kids or another need for three beds. The problem with a family-sized vehicle is the TV's tow cap, so pay special attention to that and make sure you plan ahead.

So, the question is how many people do you intend to camp with and what's the total weight?
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Like Triguy we also are a family of five with a large dog. We tow with a Nissan Titan crewcab short box 4x4 it comes with tow-mode and extendable mirrors. I have a canopy on mine that the dog rides in when all three kids are with us. The Titan has a very large rear slide down window that the dog uses to gain access to the canopy. This is crucial as the canopy door only raises half way when hooked up to the trailer, hits the electric tongue jack. The truck has lots of power for towing our roo233s and it handles nicely. It does like gas though.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:48 PM   #6
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Any suggestions for tow vehicles for a Shamrock 233s.
it would if you provided more info, like: truck or SUV, how many riding, where do you live and plan to camp?

with just two people, a regular cab v-8 truck would do.
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We're towing our 233S with a Ram 3500 DRW 6.7 cummins. We don't have any problems pulling the trailer up hills... Yes, I'm being a smart-aleck ;-) Our truck is WAY overkill for the Roo, but we plan to eventually upgrade MUCH bigger and wanted to be ready. I figure it's better to have more truck than I need than need more truck than I have...
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I'd warn agaist a full sized SUV as a tow vehicle for a trailer that heavy. These big SUV's have a car suspension, not a truck suspension - so they have low payloads. Coupled with the fact that they are really heavy. They may drive around town fine loaded up with the kids, but attach a trailer and they run out of steam.

A crew cab 1/2 ton may do fine if rated for the weights. They are generally lighter than the big SUV, so there is more reserve capacity with the same engine. Also the heavier suspension will make for a more stable tow.

Good luck.
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I'd warn agaist a full sized SUV as a tow vehicle for a trailer that heavy. These big SUV's have a car suspension, not a truck suspension - so they have low payloads. Coupled with the fact that they are really heavy. They may drive around town fine loaded up with the kids, but attach a trailer and they run out of steam.

A crew cab 1/2 ton may do fine if rated for the weights. They are generally lighter than the big SUV, so there is more reserve capacity with the same engine. Also the heavier suspension will make for a more stable tow.

Good luck.
Since when do full size suv's have car suspensions ?
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They have a coil spring/shock absorber setup and not leaf spring. Look at the pic I posted of my Suburban. Same for an Expedition. Armada and Sequoia owners can comment of theirs, but I doubt they are different.

That's why they ride so nice.
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